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Constitution Lectures 3: The Powers of Government
Break down the powers of the government as they are stated in the US Constitution. Older learners will have a lot to think about as they listen to this lecture on the three branches of the US government and the powers each holds. Primary source quotes, supreme court cases, and the Articles of the Constitution are the basis of the arguments posed in this lecture.
9 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
New Review Comparative Constitutions
How do state constitutions differ from that of the federal government in the United States? Here you'll find an informative reading and activities that will guide your class members through the process of comparing and contrasting direct segments of the US Constitution and a sample state constitution.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 16 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Should America Balance the Federal Budget?
Students analyze the federal budget of the United States. In this national debt lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the balancing the federal budget. Students respond to discussion questions pertaining to the lecture.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 16 Downloads
Differing Federal Responses to the Great Depression: Letter Analysis
Young analysts examine two letters, one written by President Hoover and one written by FDR. Each letter contains that president's response to the role of the Federal Government during times of crisis (The Great Depression). They analyze each letter with a Venn Diagram to compare different presidential views, then share their thoughts in a class discussion.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Students identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national issues and events faced by the president and evaluate an event in the president's administration that showed the system of checks and balances at work.
4th - 6th Language Arts 5 Views 80 Downloads
Practice Test: The Constitution and Democracy
Here is a standard multiple-choice test that covers important democratic events and institutions in the history of the United States. Topics covered include federalism, organization and contents of the Constitution, and major Supreme Court cases.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Constitution: A New Federation
Students explore political parties by researching world history in class. In this Australian government lesson plan, students identify the term "federation" and discuss the elements of Australian politics. Students analyze a map of Australia and create new political regions and share their reasons for doing so.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 21 Downloads
Letters to the Government
Seventh graders examine how to be active participants in their local, state, or federal governments. They create a powerpoint presentation and write a letter to one of their governmental representatives about a problem and solution of their choice.
7th Social Studies & History 5 Views 17 Downloads
The Three Branches of Government
Sixth graders discover details about the 3 branches of government. In this primary source analysis lesson, 6th graders examine documents and images from the Library of Congress to investigate the structure of the U.S. government.
6th Social Studies & History 11 Views 53 Downloads
New Nation, New Government
Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. For this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
6th Social Studies & History 6 Views 15 Downloads
New Review What is the Federal System Created by the Constitution?
Explore the unique structure of the federal system of government in the United States. Class members will learn about how most nations were organized before the establishment of the Constitution, how power is currently divided between federal and state governments, and what conflicts could potentially arise as a result of this system.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 5 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Federal Legislative Process
Learners investigate the concept of the Federal Legislative Process. This is done through the use of research on approved class websites. The lesson plan gives the option of developing other resources for students to use for the teacher to make or implement as needed.
6th - 12th Science 3 Views 11 Downloads
Government Spending: Why Do We Spend the Way We Do?
Students examine the categories for federal spending using the internet to locate them. They create a list of expenditures noting them as government purchases or transfer payments. They analyze the patterns of spending during the past 40 years.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 23 Downloads
Federal Indian Policy - Tribal Reorganization
Young scholars discuss tribal governments prior to federal rule. In this tribal reorganization lesson, students listen to teacher presentation and write an essay utilizing the information from the lecture.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 3 Downloads
The Role of Government
Students are introduced to the economic roles of the federal government. Using the internet, they read information related to government spending and the actual dollar amounts attached to budget items. In groups, they develop their own budget for the government and compare them with the actual budget.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 21 Downloads
Legislators and Representation - Executive, Federal and Interest Group Relations
High schoolers explore the interaction between the legislature and other governmental institutions. They watch videos exploring the relationship between the state legislature and two government institutions, and the role of lobbyists on legislative process.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
America 2000: Federal Round Table Discussion
Eighth graders examine the United States Constitution and identify the beliefs and values Americans follow today. In groups, they compare and contrast state's rights and federal rights and the issues affecting them. They debate the issue of education and how past Presidents have dealt with the problem.
8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads